Jan 29, 2007

Birthing a legacy ...

A dead Israeli soldier will father the child of a woman he has never met, in an unprecedented case. See full story here.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.

Keivan Cohen, 20, was shot dead in 2002 by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip. He was single and left no will. But at the urging of his parents, a sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since.

When the family tried to gain access to the sperm, however, the hospital refused, on the ground that only a spouse could make such a request.

Arguing that their son yearned to raise a family, his parents challenged that decision in court. On January 15, after a four-year legal battle, a Tel Aviv court granted the family's wish and ruled the sperm could be injected into a woman selected by Cohen's family.

I thought this was particularly fascinating and had to share.
"I think it is a human revolution," [Irit] Rosenblum said. "Ten years ago, who would believe that a human being can continue after he has died. I think it is great for humanity."


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